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« on: October 13, 2011, 08:03:17 PM »

Well, here's one for you guys, I'm on Holiday in Italy, just done Pompeii & Herculanium & Capri and now in Rome at the moment so I took a trip to the Colloseum, minus my detector Sad  (but theres some nice pottery/tile shards just lying around still in the gardens close to the colloseum).

At the top of the stairs there's a display with counters & tokens etc. found on the site related to the occupation and the games. In the lower left corner is a small pile of coins which are milled as far as I can see (Glass is very dirty). They've been there for quite a while by the looks of it.  I reckon they're a pile of small change from the guy who made the display years ago and probably some lira put there to trick the unsuspecting American tourists...  what do you reckon ?  Nice joke though if thats the case LOL !

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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2011, 08:08:12 PM »

I'm sure I can read 2 cents on the one, hell these Euros dont age well if thats the case LOL
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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2011, 08:42:46 PM »

pompeii is well worth the visit    Cool
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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2013, 01:52:18 PM »

For many years the case you mention did indeed house real ancient coins found in and around the colosseum,
Due to some lower than life tourists thinking "ancient" always means valuable and  pinching them they were replaced with the coins you see now in the 1980's. Iirc the coins were replaced atleast 5 times before the desicion was made to put the "modern coins inside.  The coins you now see were found in the colosseum, either dropped or thrown into the hypogeum by tourists visiting the amphitheatre.

Due to the diverse conditions in the hypogeum there are many rare plant species including orchids etc, The "modern coins" are collected to help reduce contamination.

I realise this is an old topic but if anyone does go to Rome or you go back to Rome you now know the reason why they are there Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2013, 07:37:48 PM »

Thanks for sharing Smiley I admit I didn't see them when I visited the colosseum, but I was on honeymoon!
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« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2013, 09:53:02 AM »

Just loved Rome and Pompeii Holliday many years ago.
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« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2013, 10:31:46 AM »

Thanks for sharing Smiley I admit I didn't see them when I visited the colosseum, but I was on honeymoon!
Me neither......mind you I was being chased by lions at the time Roll Eyes
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« Reply #7 on: August 01, 2013, 08:16:29 AM »

Thanks for sharing Smiley I admit I didn't see them when I visited the colosseum, but I was on honeymoon!

Me neither......mind you I was being chased by lions at the time Roll Eyes
   Cheesy Cheesy  I take it this must be you then Geoff?  http://media.web.britannica.com/eb-media/44/91344-050-87737167.jpg  ok ok thats a leopard but thats as close as i could get from memory Smiley
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